DEFCON 16 Updates!

DEFCON 16 Updates!
DEFCON 16 Updates!

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DEFCON 16 Updates!

As DEFCON 16 gets closer its awesome powers, much like a kraken summoned 
by Dethklok, continues to grow.

How do you become friends with a kraken? You get to know it. Have a 
beer. Below are various way you can get involved with DEFCON 16 contests 
and events. The Call for Papers is closed, and selections are being 
announced all this week, so it is a bit too late to speak, but not too 
late to get involved. 

Artwork Contest:
Artwork Contest is now underway! The first batch of submissions is up 

Entries will be posted as they are received, and will be accepted 
through June 15th. There will then be a vote on for the 
viewer's choice award. You must to have a forums/pics account to vote, 
so go sign up! The Official rules, prizes, and entry information can be 
found at: 

Black and White Ball:
A Call for Talent, DJs, and Bands has been issued by the organizers of 
the B&W Ball, which you may find at: There is also currently 
discussion on the DEFCON Forums about a new theme for the B&W Ball, 
which you can find on this thread:

Capture the Flag
Quals for this year's CTF qualifications are complete.. check out the
results here: 

LosT @ Con Mystery Challenge:
LosT is working his devious magic again with the LosT @ Con Mystery
Challenge! There is a Pre-Reg Challenge currently open, and you can find
instructions at: 

New for DEFCON 16

Buzzword Survivor:
New Contest for DEFCON 16.  Check out discussion of this contest as it
develops at

Hardware Hacking Village:
To state it most simply, it's a way to give all the Defcon attendees 
that like electronics a place to play. It's also intended to be a place 
for everyone that thinks "Wow! That looks cool! I wish I knew how to do 
that!". It's also going to be the headquarters for Joe Grand (kingpin) 
so he can talk about hacking past badges and such. It should be a great 
place to hang out. Find more info on the forums at

The Race to Zero:
This one is generating a whole lot of buzz in the press. The Race to 
Zero involves contestants being given a sample set of viruses and 
malcode to modify and upload through the contest portal. The portal 
passes the modified samples through a number of antivirus engines and 
determines if the sample is a known threat. The first team or individual 
to pass their sample past all antivirus engines undetected wins that 
round. Each round increases in complexity as the contest progresses. 
Further details are available here: 

And let's not forget the Gringo Challenge, DEF CON B0TS, Lockpick 
village, a new Hardware Hacking Village, and more. Check it all out at:

DEFCON Website: 

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